Creating beautiful spaces is what feeds our soul.
At Profurn, our philosophy is true to the core of our being, we strive to be people who are salt of the earth and enjoy working with clients who share that same ethos. We believe in a simple approach to design and never aim to put ourselves in the spotlight. Rather, it is our goal to be a gentle, guiding light that celebrates you and brings your vision to life.
Our careful guidance and attention to detail means that we can take your brief and create magic within a space. That is our responsibility and that is what feeds our soul. We have a humble approach to design, rather than striving for fame, we strive for long-lasting, happy relationships with our clients.
No project is too big or too small for us. We’ve designed and styled residential and hospitality projects throughout South Africa, private villas in Muscat and Bazaruto Island, country homes in the UK, ski chalets in Verbier and luxury tented camps in Africa. Each space is unique and each interior feeds our soul in different ways.
Founded in 1984, we have had over 30 years to build solid relationships with key suppliers within the local design market. We are therefore able to provide our clients with quality products which meet and surpass their expectations within the time constraints and budget. We are a small, hands-on team based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Meet the team.
Hi, I’m Tanja, I joined the Profurn team in 1995 headed up by my father, a very talented designer and his business partner who started the company 10 years earlier. From humble beginnings to handling multi-million rand contracts for prestigious clients, supported by a staff body of 20, Profurn Contracts managed to etch a reputable name in our industry.
I was a wide-eyed graduate with an Interior Design degree in hand, I had big ideas and was ready to learn. Reality hit me very quickly being thrown into the deep end and being taught that in this business you do what you need to do.
I was also extremely fortunate to have my mother's guidance, an accomplished interior decorator with her own successful company, teaching me the importance of creating a harmony between hard finishes and soft decorative touches. As one would say, the design blood runs deep in our family.
When I took over the business, I knew I wanted to inject a bit of my personality.
I wanted my business to be hands on, personal, and work on projects that fed the soul.
No project is too big or too small for our incredible team, and I always believed that there are no problems, only solutions. It's’ always been my great joy to create beautiful spaces for people to take pleasure in - this is what keeps my fire burning.
Our design studio, nestled into my garden is my happy place, an extension to who I am. Most importantly, it gives me the balance between my growing family and work where I am available and present for both aspects of my life.
25 years on, I feel grateful and lucky to say that my business has moulded itself into my being where clients become friends and projects are beautiful conversations over a coffee.
Kind words from some of our clients
"Oh wow, can't believe that's my home! I love it, it has finally become a home. I can't stop smiling. Thank you so much to you both for your incredible work, patience and passion for what you do. We are over the moon."
- Mrs Stavrides
"Tanja and team have amazing vision! You made it seem so easy, and kept to all our requirements. Thank you for creating our home with calmness, clever spaces and absolute beauty!" The words that sums up Tanja's and her teams work are WOW and AWSOME.
- Donnali Jagga
"The words that sum up Tanja's and her team's work are WOW and AWSOME. Thank you Tanja and Amy from transforming and reinventing rooms in our home into wonderful spaces that I never imagined. Your flair and creativity are brilliant and your ability to mix up old with new is fantastic! Its been a fabulous and exciting experience working with Tanja, your level of professionalism is seamless which results in major scope creep on projects leaving your clients wanting more! Well Done thank you. I can't with for the next instalment!"
- Judy Laidlaw
"It has been a dream working with the 2 of you, nothing was ever too much. Our new Xpertek home is looking stunning and we certainly could not have done this without all your creative genius! Thank you seems so small but we really mean it!"
- Marilynn Leonard
"I can fully voucher for Tanja and Profurn.
My places have all looked stunning 10/10.
My places have all worked as we thought they would 10/10.
Tanja has delivered on time and within budget 10/10.
Her choice of items is very much to my taste, but not to everyone, but referral from her work from my guests has been high. 10/10
Very very rare to get it right first time but in all Tanja's work for me I have never changed anything. From day 1 till today."
- Marc Armstrong
"We would so recommend this team of Profurn Contracts. They have wielded absolute magic. They are professional helpful and on time. Their "fairy dust" has transformed our home. Thank you on a job so well done."
- Ann & Chris
"Tanja and team are just amazing. They will do everything they can to help with short timeframes, stick to their promise and deliver the most spectacular result. I have used Profurn for 15 years and still amazed at the ideas Tanja is able to deliver. I highly recommend Profurn!"
- Belinda Berry
ACCOLADES AND MEDIA
Multiple features in Garden & Home Magazine plus 2 editorial covers
2011 Excellence award - Decorex Joburg
2007 Inception to IID
2005 Best stand - Decorex Joburg
2004 Best stand - Decorex Joburg
Top billing appearances for two residential projects